1986 Los Angeles Rams season

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1986 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coach John Robinson
Owner Georgia Frontiere
Home field Anaheim Stadium
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card

The 1986 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 49th year with the National Football League and the 41st season in Los Angeles.


NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team


1986 Los Angeles Rams roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]


Week Date Opponent Result Summary Attendance
1 September 7, 1986 at St. Louis Cardinals W 16–10 Eric Dickerson ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns, which offset a 5-for-21 passing performance by new Ram QB Steve Bartkowski. The Rams sacked Cardinal QB Neil Lomax five times and intercepted him once.
2 September 14, 1986 San Francisco 49ers W 16–13 Rams took advantage of the 49ers being without an injured Joe Montana by winning a close one at home on a late FG by Mike Lansford. The Rams would not have another home win against the 49ers until Week 5 of the 1999 season when the team was in St. Louis.
3 September 21, 1986 at Indianapolis Colts W 24–7 Bartkowski had a fine day, passing for a touchdown, and Dickerson had 121 yards and another touchdown as Rams dominated. The Colts had only 177 yards of total offense and were sacked seven times.
4 September 28, 1986 at Philadelphia Eagles L 34–20 Rams were blown out by an 0–3 Eagles team. Ron Jaworski passed for 3 touchdowns and Keith Byars threw a halfback option pass for another touchdown. Steve Dils replaced an injured Bartkowski and passed for 3 touchdowns late after Philadelphia had built a 34–0 lead.
5 October 5, 1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 26–20 Dickerson had 207 yards rushing, including the winning touchdown in overtime.
6 October 12, 1986 at Atlanta Falcons L 26–14 Bartkowski returned from injury and passed for 196 yards and a touchdown against his former team, but the Rams couldn't overcome 141 yards rushing and a touchdown by Gerald Riggs and four Mick Luckhurst field goals.
7 October 19, 1986 Detroit Lions W 14–10 Rams built an early 14–0 lead behind an 80-yard interception return touchdown by Nolan Cromwell and a rushing touchdown by Dickerson, who had 130 yards, and held on for the win.
8 October 26, 1986 Atlanta Falcons W 14–7 Rams held Falcons to 151 yards of offense. Dickerson had 170 yards and got into the passing act with a touchdown pass to TE David Hill.
9 November 3, 1986 at Chicago Bears W 20–17 Despite only six pass completions on the day, Dils threw a game-tying touchdown bomb to Ron Brown and Lansford kicked a 50-yard FG to win it as the Rams upended the defending Super Bowl champs.
10 November 9, 1986 at New Orleans Saints L 6–0 Rams lost a defensive struggle on the road.
11 November 16, 1986 New England Patriots L 30–28 Coach John Robinson figured the time was right to play Jim Everett, and the rookie QB passed for 3 touchdowns. But, the Rams couldn't overcome a 375-yard passing performance by Tony Eason and two late touchdowns to Irving Fryar, the last coming on a Hail Mary as time expired.
12 November 23, 1986 New Orleans Saints W 26–13 Rookie Everett had only 7 completions for 56 yards, but ran for a touchdown and Lansford kicked 4 FG's
13 November 30, 1986 at New York Jets W 17–3 Rams upended a suddenly slumping Jets team on the road with a touchdown pass from Everett and a touchdown run by Dickerson.
14 December 7, 1986 Dallas Cowboys W 29–10 Rams dominated the Cowboys at home with 212 yards passing and a touchdown by Everett, a 41-yard touchdown run by Barry Redden, and five sacks, including one for a safety.
15 December 14, 1986 Miami Dolphins L 37–31 Everett was good in this game (251 yards passing, 2 touchdowns), but Dan Marino was better, passing for 403 yards and 5 touchdowns, including the winning one to Mark Duper in OT.
16 December 19, 1986 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–14 Needing a victory to win the NFC West division, the 49ers outplayed the Rams, holding Everett to 13–35 passing and intercepting him three times. 49ers also had four sacks.


NFC West
San Francisco 49ers(3) 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 374 247 W3
Los Angeles Rams(5) 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 309 267 L2
Atlanta Falcons 7 8 1 .469 2–3–1 6–5–1 280 280 W1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .483 3–3 6–6 288 287 L1


Week Date Opponent Result Summary Attendance
Wildcard December 28, 1986 at Washington Redskins L 19–7
Eric Dickerson ran for 158 yards on 26 carries, but fumbled three times and the Rams had six turnovers against the host Redskins.

Awards and records[edit]

See also[edit]

Other Anaheim–based teams in 1986


External links[edit]